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From a drive the other day…

I sometimes drive around the island aimlessly on my scooter, and sometimes it yields good results.  Here’s a shot I got the other day, during one such drive:

Boats in Paengmok

Boats in Paengmok

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Stuff.

Today was pretty lazy, other than the irritating incidents this morning.  I hung around the apartment until the afternoon, and then I went and drove my circuit of Jindo dogs that I like to visit (2 breeders and 2 solitary dogs).  I try to socialize and sometimes feed the some of the less-than-cared-for Jindos on the island, and it feels like it gives me a purpose.  Plus, some of my students have given me some sort of highly unflattering Korean nickname that I believe translates approximately as “dog-girl”, and so if they’re going to call me that, I might as well live up to it.

I went to the grocery store and got some dish soap and another bag of dog food, and then headed back home to Gunnae.  I went for a walk just a little while ago in the dark, as it means that nobody’s outside to point and stare.  I don’t mind it most of the time, but it does get a little old sometimes to be a constant spectacle.

Tomorrow I may go to Jodo.  I wanted to go today, but the weather didn’t shape up until later in the afternoon.  It takes me about 40 minutes to drive to the ferry, and I don’t particularly want to get up hugely early, so I’ll have to check the schedule.  I emailed the high school teacher (who speaks essentially fluent English and is really friendly), since she said she wanted to hang out sometime, but I haven’t heard back from her yet.

For now, have another Jindo photo:

Mommy, why does George look different?...

Mommy, why does George look different?...

Today’s Heartbreakingly Cute but Sad Jindo Photo:

  

Star of the Jindo Dog Circus

 

I promise there will be a real entry soon.

Update

The rumor was true.  My Supervisor from Hell™ is indeed being transferred to Naju, and so I am getting a new one on Monday.  I’ve already met the guy, and he’s awesome.  His English isn’t great, but it’s better than SfH’s, and he’s very friendly, has been to the states, and loves both Boston and the Sox.  So, this bodes well.  Maybe my luck is changing, eh?

First week of the new semester went well.  Korean kids spend much of their vacations in various other forms of school, so there isn’t as much of a post-summer rowdiness issue as I have experienced in teaching in the US.  But, there’s still some, so I took this week relatively easy for them.  Next week though, it’s back into the abyss.

I’m really, really enjoying my new scooter.  Makes getting around the island quite easy and pleasant.  It also makes it easier for me to get around to take photos like these:

Field of Sunflowers

Field of Sunflowers

and

Dolduksan

Dolduksan

I can theoretically drive it all the way to Mokpo, but I’m not quite that brave yet.  Maybe after another week or two, once I’m more comfortable with the highways.

Apparently, come October, I may be essentially the only foreigner on the island. They can’t find replacements.  The irritating Torontonian (or whatever they call themselves) left in August, and he taught at the high school. Lisa, who teaches at the “English Town”, leaves to go home to Nova Scotia in October.  There’s a guy who works at the local hagwon, and while I see him more these days, it’s still not really regular. That leaves me, that guy, and E. However, E is married to a Korean, and we (the other foreigners) don’t see her that often, and we’ll see even less of her when her baby is born in September.

According to the recruiter that works to find jobs for this area, nobody wants to work in rural areas, and they’re having a really difficult time finding anyone to come work here. Hopefully they’ll find someone soon, or I’ll have to recruit someone myself!

Stuff.

Having the new bike is really helping with my mood, in general.  I hadn’t realized how much it was bothering me to have my travel restricted to the (very limited) bus service here.  I’ve been driving it around parts of the island I hadn’t even previously realized existed, and coming across people who I’m quite sure have never seen a Real Live Foreigner™ before, from their reactions.  It’s been enjoyable, and I’ve been getting some good shots.

That said, with the recommencing of school duties today, I found myself rather depressed this morning, for some reason.  In general, I do pretty well here – I’m not really sad, or lonely.  But, sometimes it does hit me broadsides.  I miss having Marc next to me when I wake up, I miss the forests of both Massachusetts and Virginia, and I miss being able to feel laid back.  The communication barrier adds a general level of stress to my life here, and while it is low level, it is constant, and that can begin to wear on me.  I’m hoping to go up to Seoul for Chuseok so I can attend Quaker Meeting again, as I think it will help.  I have found that attending Meeting really does wonders for my mood here, as it provides a reasonable amount of familiarity, something I sorely lack here most of the time.

Without further ado, here’s two photos from yesterday’s drive:

 

Seaweed Farmers in Paengmok

Seaweed Farmers in Paengmok

and

My bike at sunset in the most rural part of the island.

My bike at sunset in the most rural part of the island.

 

Classes start for me today at about 11am.  Since it’s the first week for the kids, I’m giving them an easy day.  I’m going to have them each tell the class three things about their vacations, and then I’m going to call on random kids and have them try to remember what other students did.  Simple, easy for me (I’m a little tired after spending 4 nights sleeping on someone’s floor), relatively easy for the students, and will help to ease them back into the idea of being in school again.  That’s this week’s basic lesson plan.

Fabric Market Workers

Other photos from the same series can be found here.


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